Thursday, November 8, 2012
Peak fall foliage in North Georgia can be seen from early to mid-November. I thought I would wait to download my trip pictures for a little while and take photos of the leaves before they were all down. In our own yard fall foliage made a pretty ceiling.
Last week we took some walks close to our house to take a peek at the leaves. First, we went to the Smith-Gilbert Garden (I have written several posts on this garden before.) Some of the colors on the trees and shrubs went from pale yellow, through a vibrant gold and orange to deep burgundy.
There were still some flowers left in the garden, such as this late rose.
The camellias were starting to bloom.
The cotton was ready to be picked
and the tobacco plant was drying in the barn.
The next day we went to the top of Kennesaw Mountain as the large Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (2923 acres or 1182.9 hectares) is only 4 miles or so from our home. There were many pretty colors there as well.
The day was clear so we could see Atlanta in the background. Click on the picture to see better. The white line in the sky is not a scratch mark, it is a high flying plane.
After admiring the colors and the view for a while, we walked down toward Little Kennesaw Mountain.
There is a trail going down then up to Little Kennesaw Mountain but after our trip my knees were not happy and resting on a bench while looking at the mountain was much more pleasant.
There, too, I saw some flowers - little wild flowers nearby.
Yesterday it rained but today was so beautiful and warm that we decided to go back to another part of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and walk one of the trails. We passed by the plaque explaining that 5,500 soldiers walked on the same trails during a Civil War battle, in 1864.
When walking on the trails of this battlefield park, and really in the footsteps of Confederate and Union soldiers, it is hard not to think about the battle which took place here between June 19 to July 2, 1864 and where 5,350 soldiers lost their lives.
Last Saturday we went on another outing in a county 20 miles away, but that will be in my next post.